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Title: Editorial: "The Interdisciplinary Nature of SOIL"
Contributor(s): Brevik, EC (author); Cerda, A (author); Mataix-Solera, Joelle (author); Pereg, Lily  (author); Quinton, JN (author); Six, J (author); Van Oost, K (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.5194/soild-1-429-2014Open Access Link
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Abstract: The holistic study of soils requires an interdisciplinary approach involving biologists, chemists, geologists, and physicists amongst others, something that has been true from the earliest days of the field. This approach has been strengthened and reinforced as current research continues to use experts trained in both soil science and related fields and by the wide array of issues impacting the world's biosphere that require an in-depth understanding of soils. Of fundamental importance amongst these issues are biodiversity, biofuels/energy security, climate change, ecosystem services, food security, human health, land degradation, and water security, each representing a critical challenge for research. In order to establish a benchmark for the type of research we seek to highlight in each issue of SOIL, here in this editorial, we outline the interdisciplinary nature of soil science research that we are seeking for in SOIL, with a focus on the myriad ways soil science can be used to expand investigation into a more holistic and therefore richer approach to soil research. In addition, we provide a selection of invited review papers in the first issue of SOIL that address the study of soils and the ways in which soil investigations are essential to other related fields. We hope that both this editorial and the first issue will serve as examples of the kinds of topics we would like to see published in SOIL and will stimulate excitement among our readers and authors to participate in this new venture.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: SOIL Discussions (SOILD), 1(1), p. 429-462
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 050303 Soil Biology
050399 Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified
050305 Soil Physics
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 961499 Soils not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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